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Lines are Shorter and Businesses Expect Strong Sales Season

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Posted: November 24, 2007 7:45 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--One day removed from Black Friday and already shoppers are returning for more. At Sportsman's Warehouse this morning, the lines were much more tolerable than 24 hours ago. Shopper Cindy Patrick admits while she prefers small crowds, it's just not as exciting.

"I like coming out when there's not so many people but I enjoy the sales and the thrill of the hunt," says Patrick.

Store Managers say while Black Friday helped push sales higher, this whole month has well exceeded expectations.

"Compared to the last few years, this has been a remarkable month so far, and yesterday, if we had the base projections for the rest of the holidays, it should be exceedingly good," says Office Manager Craig Scott. We're quite happy."

Over at the Best Buy on Canal drive, shoppers were checking store circulars, to see what bargains remained. Shopper Marion Munday is in the market for a new television but he stayed home yesterday, hoping to avoid the big crowds.

"I didn't want to fight the crowds so, I came down here to check their televisions, see what their prices are," mentions Munday. I'd like to get a new television before Christmas."

Today's turnout doesn't come as a surprise for Best Buy staff. They understand people need time to recover from all the hysteria Black Friday brings. But with great deals still available, shoppers come to their senses real quickly.

"It usually starts out a little slow on the following Saturday but it picks up as the day goes along," according to Best Buy Counter Intelligence Manager, Paul Glesener. We usually hit a rush between about noon to 5:00 p.m. and we get real busy again."